"Dear Monty, Dell and all of the Pelicans Coaches and Players:
"I wanted to thank each and every one of you for a job well done this past season. We made the playoffs in a very strong finish at the end of the season. That is a tribute to your hard work and determination. You were able to overcome the adversities that face every team, but it was the way you all came together as a team that made us all very proud.
"Our fans were truly galvanized by your dedication. Our theme this year was to Take Flight. I am confident that we have begun to take flight as a team. We now must turn our attention to getting better and coming back for the 2015-16 season with an even stronger resolve.
"I am very excited about the future of our Pelicans and you have my word and my resolve to bring everything to bear to win. New Orleans deserves an NBA Championship and we have the foundation, facilities and fans to make this a reality.
Tom Benson, Owner."
I'm no mind reader, but this news sounds overwhelmingly promising that there will be no changes at the general manager and head coaching positions in the near future. It sure looks like Dell and Monty can probably breathe a sigh of relief.
However, don't forget that this isn't the first time we've had clues dropped about their job safety this month. After the Pelicans beat the Spurs on the final day of the regular season to clinch a spot in the 2015 playoffs, one of the NBA's biggest insiders claimed Monty Williams and Dell Demps were off the hot seat.
Ownership gave GM Dell Demps and Monty Williams preseason mandate to make playoffs to keep jobs, w/ no allowance for injuries. They made it.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 16, 2015
2. The Pelicans home website has posted several player end of season interviews as well as Monty Williams press conference from yesterday for your listening pleasure.
- Anthony Davis Interview
- Jrue Holiday Interview
- Ryan Anderson Interview
- Monty Williams Press Conference Part I
- Monty Williams Press Conference Part II